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30 September 2012 @ 07:35 pm
Doctor Who: "The Angels Take Manhattan" Episode Review  
Doctor Who 7.05 "The Angels Take Manhattan"

I was right.

My prediction of the ending of the Ponds was right. The Peter Pan ending, the one where it's both happy and sad at the same time. That fits with the theme of their entire story, ever since the beginning to all the events leading up to now.

This was an incredible episode. It was well-written, very emotional and I love that Amy and Rory got to be together. They decided to go out together, and when Rory inevitably got sent back and lost in time it was Amy that made the decision to go back for him. Regardless of what happened, she wanted to be with her husband, because if he was going to be forever lost in time she wanted to be lost with him, even if it meant leaving the Doctor and her daughter behind. That entire scene with her saying her final farewell to River (mother and daughter moment ♥) and to the Doctor, her Raggedy Man, made me cry and cry and cry long after the episode ended. Even though we know that Amy and Rory lived happily ever after together elsewhere in time, they would never see their beloved Doctor again.

The afterword from the book by Amy was touching, it's nearly exactly my predictions of how their end would be. I practically broke down even more realizing that's how it all happened.

I have nothing else to add at the moment. I'm still kind of an emotional mess after this. I am happy it didn't end tragically, that it stayed true to their characters without something horrible happen. And it worked out as my theories suspected it would, so I am happy and surprised about that. But at the same time, it's all bittersweet and pretty damn sad considering everything.

Just. Farewell, Amy and Rory. I loved you both, you were the perfect married companions and best friends to the Doctor, and you will be deeply missed. ;___;


I'll probably have more to say. I'm just...still in an emotional state. There was a reason I wanted to put off watching the episode a little, I just wanted to bask with the Doctor and the Ponds happily together before the inevitable end. :(

But I have Once Upon A Time and Revenge tonight to cheer and sober me up.
 
 
 
philstar22: Doctor Who: 11/Amy/Rory Enterprisephilstar22 on October 1st, 2012 02:55 am (UTC)
I loved this episode. One of my favorites of New Who and possibly my favorite of Matt's run. JUst amazing. Absolutely amazing. I don't think I even have words to describe how perfect it is.

Although, I have to admit, I didn't find it quite as sad as everyone else. Amy and Rory are alive. They are in the past and living their lives together. Yes, it is sad for the Doctor and sad that they can't see him again. But they are alive, they kept their memories, and they aren't alone.
Renée: DW. Amy/Rory.rogueslayer452 on October 1st, 2012 05:26 am (UTC)
It was constructed really well, and it gave a lot of emotions to the characters and what was happening with them. Seeing the Doctor react the way he did when he looked at the chapter title, and trying desperately to rewrite time and change things, it really pulls on the heartstrings.

And I think that's why it's very sad for people, because of how well it was done and how it really messed with our emotions.

It's both happy and sad. The Ponds survived yes, but it's sad because the Doctor couldn't prevent their inevitable fate from occurring. He doesn't want things to end, he didn't want them to leave him and not in that way. So even though they lived together somewhere else in time to an old age, it wasn't the life he wanted for them, it's something he tried to prevent them from having when he dropped them off at their home last season. It's just, fitting for their end but bittersweet all at once.
twisting_vine_x: Doctor Who - Starry Starry Nighttwisting_vine_x on October 1st, 2012 06:31 pm (UTC)
Oh godddd. I bawled my eyes out. That scene, where the Doctor's begging Amy to just get back into the Tardis - cried like a baby.
Renée: DW. Amy/Rory.rogueslayer452 on October 2nd, 2012 08:00 am (UTC)
"Come along, Pond. Please!"

Broke my heart. ;__;

I couldn't keep myself from crying because, even though the Ponds lived happily ever after together just in a different time, the way things were left and the way it happened was something the Doctor was desperately trying to prevent. He didn't want to lose his best friends, which always seems to happen to his companions. Unfortunate circumstances that he doesn't want them to go through.

But, at least there was a happy ending, and there was a sense of closure for them all. And the afterword message from Amy to the Doctor was beautifully done, and it's something that needed to be done for the Doctor's sake.